Ein Provence-Krimi mit Capitaine Roger Blanc
First day of sale: 24.10.2020
VERLORENES VERNÈGUES / VANISHED VERNÈGUES
A Crime Novel. Ca. 350 pp.
More than 560,000 copies sold of the Capitaine Roger Blanc series
A wolf pack roams a ghost town in the middle of Provence. The 7th case for Capitaine Roger Blanc
It’s the beginning of January in Provence. Snow is falling, quiet days for the police. Crime itself seems to be frozen in the cold. But in the middle of the night, Capitaine Blanc and Lieutenant Tonon are called to a mysterious case. The location is Vieux Vernègues, a mediaeval town on a hill that could be a picturesque idyll if it hadn’t been destroyed by an earthquake about a hundred years ago. Vieux Vernègues is a ghost town now, a desolate collection of ruins in the shadow of the gloomy remnants of its castle. Two old shepherds raised the alarm. Twelve of their flock were killed within less than an hour – and by wolves.
Talk of the wolf pack roaming the area spreads quickly throughout the region. These animals are in fact protected by very strict wildlife regulations. But fear soon runs rampant. Shepherds, hunters and even the mayor himself take up their weapons and no longer bother with the law. Blanc and his colleagues soon realise that other bizarre creatures are wandering the woods at night. An explosive situation that could quickly get out of control. And indeed, only a few days later, a human is found dead among the ruins…
Cay Rademacher, born in 1965, is a freelance journalist and author. His mystery novels set in post-war Hamburg ‘Der Trümmermörder‘ (The Murderer in the Ruins), ‘Der Schieber‘ (The Wolf Children), ‘Der Fälscher‘ (The Forger) are published by Dumont. His Provence mystery novel series includes ‘Mörderischer Mistral‘ (Murderous Mistral), 2014, ‘Tödliche Camargue‘ (Deadly Camargue), 2015, ‘Brennender Midi‘ (Burning Midi), 2016, ‘Gefährliche Côte Bleue‘ (Dangerous Côte Bleue), 2017, and ‘Dunkles Arles‘ (Dark Arles), 2018 and 'Verhängnisvolles Calès' (Fateful Calès), 2019. His stand-alone 'Ein letzter Sommer in Méjean' (One Last Summer in Méjean) was published in 2019. Cay Rademacher lives with his family in the vicinity of Salon-de-Provence, France.